Namibia saddened by death of former SA Chief Justice

24 Jul 2013 10:30
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia on Wednesday expressed sadness about the death of former South African Chief Justice, Pius Langa.
The former Chief Justice died on Wednesday morning at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.
He was 74.
Langa had worked and served the people of Namibia between February 2010 and July 2011 as a Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court here.
Namibia's Chief Justice Peter Shivute issued a media statement on Wednesday afternoon in which he personally and on behalf of the country expressed great sadness about Langa's death.
“I have learned with great sadness of the death of the former Chief Justice of South Africa, Pius Langa.
The late Chief Justice of South Africa did not only serve his country with distinction through his work, but he stood steadfast throughout his life by the high principles which continue to inspire us as a court. The late Chief Justice Pius Langa is indeed a man worthy of memory in the history of his country and Namibia,” stated Shivute.
He said while in Namibia, the late Langa sat on 15 appeal cases, where he made a sterling contribution to Namibia's jurisprudence on wideranging legal subjects.
According to a report by the South African Press Association (SAPA) on Wednesday, Langa had been in hospital in Johannesburg for about a month due to a long illness, prior to his death on Wednesday.
He retired in 2009, and went on to chair the Press Freedom Commission, which looked into the regulation of the print media in South Africa.